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I am on the board of directors for our condominium assn. We

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I am on the board of directors for our condominium assn. We have a bylaw that states no pets over 25lbs. without board approval. I am being treated for hypertension, and l have a fear of large dogs, which raises my blood pressure. A neighbor lady got a doctors excuse to have a large dog on the property, and this is very upsetting to me, my BP is sky high right now, the board will not question the doctor. If the animal is against our rules and the excuse was written without consideration for others, couldn't this be considered malpractice?
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Unfortunately, it is highly unlikely that the doctor's action in writing the excuse would be considered malpractice. As far as liability for doctor's malpractice goes, their liability is generally limited to the patient alone, since they only owe a duty of care to act a reasonable doctor to the patient and not others.

Medical malpractice is legally defined as follows:

"Medical malpractice is the failure of a medical professional to follow the accepted standards of practice of his or her profession, resulting in harm to the patient."

The elements are:

1) A patient doctor relationship establishing a duty of care.

2) Failure to follow the standards of practice of a doctor in treating the patient. and

3. Injuries or damages to the patient as a result of a negligent standard of care, below professional standards.

The one area where this is different is when a doctor knows that someone is planning on injuring someone else, in which case the doctor is mandated to inform law enforcement or that person, or will be held liable for the injuries to that other person.

So, unfortunately, you would not have a cause of action against the doctor. However, if your building is aware of your fear of large dogs, their decision to accept the doctor's excuse could be considered negligent if it causes you undue stress, anxiety, and possibly injury due to increased high blood pressure.

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